Last Train Into Tanjong Pagar: Photos, Thoughts and a Video

7/6/11

A view from my seat as we passed through the green corridor.
Coach Q.
The Expres Rakyat train creaked and chugged through the green corridor for the last time on its way to Segamat. I spent a good amount of time during the ride through Singapore standing in the doorway of the train, breathing in the fresh air. The green corridor is so lush and alive; the rain that morning made it all look even brighter than usual. The train through Singapore went at a slow, almost leisurely pace which was perfect for taking in the view one last time.

Here's a quick video of the train passing through Bukit Timah Station. Lots of people had gathered to take photos and say goodbye. 

When the Expres Sinaran Timur train from Segamat arrived, we were greeted by huge crowds there to see the last train into Tanjong Pagar. They were also there to see the last train out, which was driven by the Sultan of Johor. 
There were so many people on the platform.
People in the station catching a last glimpse at the train.
The station master and his bell. These two were media darlings that night.
Eventually, there were so many people on the platform that they spilled out onto the tracks. 
People were also climbing the train to take photos.
Although the train is no longer running from Tanjong Pagar, the tracks will remain open for a limited time for those who want to walk along the tracks and enjoy the green corridor before it is blocked off for good. 

Almost all of the tracks will be open to the public until July 17. From July 17 to July 31, only a small section of tracks from Rifle Range Road to the Rail Mall will remain open. You can read about that here on The Green Corridor's website. 

You can also check out The Green Corridor to download walking routes to make exploring the green corridor a bit easier. 

I haven't heard exactly what the land will be developed for, or what Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Timah stations will become, but I really hope they are preserved and respected. Museums, perhaps? Spaces for art, music, and education? The last thing this island needs is another mall. And on that note, I'll end this post with a great quote I read online in the Straits Times Online Forum. Read the whole post here.

"Not everything that can be monetised should be monetised. It sometimes seems that Singapore has become a society which, in the words of Oscar Wilde, knows the price of everything and the value of nothing." -Marcus Yip

4 comments:

  1. I love the quote by Oscar Wilde (and Marcus Yip). Thanks for a lovely post!

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  2. Gorgeous photos (especially the blur motion shots...I love the feel of them) and I liked the video. I also loved the juxtaposition of the people behind the gate and the two aunties sitting alone on the other side.

    It's truly sad that this moment is over.

    Love the OW quote.

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  3. I love all these ex-pat blogs I'm finding! I'm headed to Seoul, South Korea next year (but only for a visit).

    Maybe I'll get a tiny taste of how you're living it up!

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